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Long term conditions: helping patients use apps and e-Health for self-management

A dizzying amount of digital help is now potentially available for nurses to help patients self-manage their long-term conditions.  FIONA CASSIE seeks some advice from the experts on what technology nurses can add to their toolkits.

Medical libraries: informing health professionals anytime, anywhere

What do today’s modern libraries offer nurses who walk through their doors or, more frequently, login online? FIONA CASSIE talks to district health board librarians VIV KERR and PETER MURGATROYD.

Privacy in the digital age

FIONA CASSIE talks to nursing leaders about increasing moves to shared electronic health information, about protecting privacy and why it is important for nurses – even the IT shy – to be involved every step of the way.

Don’t read what you don’t need

Patient privacy breaches have been hitting the headlines. The infamous ‘eel’ x-ray in Auckland led to staff dismissals, and spying on cricket star Jesse Ryder’s clinical notes resulted in four clinicians facing disciplinary action. Nurse-turned-lawyer ROBIN KAY looks at the legal and ethical issues for nurses around accessing patient records – particularly now that unauthorised reading of a file leaves an ‘electronic fingerprint’.

Nightingale the first informatics nurse?

Technology will never replace the art of nursing … but it can make the job a darned sight easier. FIONA CASSIE talks to Michelle Honey, the chair of the Nursing Informatics group, about nurses using information technology to improve health care.

How busy is your ward?

SAFE STAFFING/ HEALTHY WORKPLACE: We report on a new electronic ‘tick-box’ tool that instantly signals hospital wide if your busy ward needs nursing help.

Rapid rounds and nurse facilitated discharge innovations free up patient bed days

‘Bed block’ in the general medicine department was identified as a one of the reasons why patients in the emergency department had a long wait to be admitted to a general medicine ward. The average waiting time for admission was over 10 hours, and once admitted, patients’ length of stay could often be longer than necessary.

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